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Getting lost in the Grand Canyon

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Taken through the windshield of my stopped car. Because it was so pretty and so was the music.

This morning I went to a town several miles up the road to buy some birdseed. We have lots of feeders and my finches have been eating me out of house and home.

When I got back in the car after loading 60 pounds of assorted seed into the back the radio was playing something that sounded familiar. I glanced down at the screen and smiled.

The Grand Canyon Suite was playing, and though I couldn’t remember much of it, I knew it was something I had enjoyed years ago when I was a kid.

As it was playing I was trying to remember if it sounded familiar because I had played it with my high school band. Still…I didn’t think that was it.

And then the movement with the mules and donkeys clip clopping down into the canyon came on and I had a sudden image of a green and white portable record player and I remembered. I’d had this piece on vinyl years ago and I’d loved it.

I turned the radio up and took the back roads home. By the time the piece ended I had no idea where I was, but it sure had been a beautiful drive.

Wonder where that record ended up.

The light was beautiful this morning.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

7 thoughts on “Getting lost in the Grand Canyon

  1. Were you listening to Sirius, by any chance? I heard the same song this morning as I was driving around! I don’t think we ever played it in Band, but it’s beautiful. And so are your trees!

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  2. This was really lovely to read, Dawn. Such a vivid image of those mules and donkeys and your green and white portable record player. (I had one that was red and white.) I am now thinking of the song “Horse with No Name” which we sang loudly as we traveled near the Grand Canyon in about 1969. 🙂

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  3. Memories are sure intriguing things. I also loved that as a kid (and still do); my parents had an LP with the suite on it and I played it a lot. In fact, when clearing out their things from the house, I saw it and had to bring it home just because of the memories even if I never play it again. And, BTW, at Disneyland’s train ride through nature’s wonderland (with dinosaurs and also images of the grand canyon), some of the suite plays for the GC scenes.

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  4. Don’t you love when music truly sweeps you up and you just get lost?! Oh, this was such a great read, Dawn. I don’t think I have ever heard this piece of music before so it was something new and really grand for me. Thanks so much.

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  5. Love when the music comes on and takes you back.

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